January 4, 2006
Northwest Wins in Topeka 77-60
TOPEKA, Kan. - ( box score) The Northwest Missouri State men's basketball team scored 13 straight out of the locker room to take control and handed Washburn a 77-60 loss at Lee Arena tonight in conference action. The 17-point Northwest win was the largest in the series for the Bearcats since a 82-60 triumph on Feb. 19, 1997.
Northwest snaps a three-game losing skid in Topeka, Kan., and moves to 10-3 on the season. Washburn falls to 6-7 overall and is now stuck in a four-game losing streak, the longest since the 1990-91 season.
The first half was closely fought with four ties and five lead changes before Washburn took a 37-33 lead into the locker room. Midway through the half, a bucket by junior Victor James capped a 12-0 spurt for the Bearcats and Northwest led 27-19 with 7:44 to go. However, WU closed out the final seven-plus minutes with a 18-6 run to take the four-point edge.
Junior Mose Howard, who hit five first-half three-pointers, kept Northwest in the game with 15 points by the break. Both teams combined for 15 treys.
The second half was a different story after a Washburn basket at the 19:26 mark. The Ichabods could not add a point for a 6:42 stretch as WU had five turnovers and went 0-for-4 from the field. Conversely, Northwest rattled off 13 straight with six different Bearcats scoring during that stretch. The Bearcats took a 46-39 lead with 13:22 remaining and never looked back.
Northwest increased its lead in the final 10 minutes taking a 10-point advantage (59-49) on two free throws by Howard at the 9:07 mark. Washburn never shrunk the deficit under eight points and only scored on two foul shots in the final four minutes.
Howard tied a career-high with 21 points as he led four Bearcats in double figures. Senior Austin Meyer totaled 15 and senior Addae Houston tied a season-best with 13. Sophomore Andy Peterson came away with his eighth game this year of double-digits with l0 points. Sophomore Matt Withers finished with seven points and a team-best seven rebounds.
Dylan Channel was the top scoring Ichabod with 12 points. Brady Sisk gathered 11 points and a game-high nine boards.
Northwest shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the floor and a sizzling 55 percent (11-of-20) from three-point land. After going eight-of-16 (.500) from downtown in the first half, Washburn was 0-for-12 in the second half. Overall, WU was 42.6 percent (23-of-54) but was outscored from the free throw line by 10 points.
Northwest heads home for its MIAA home opener as No. 7 Southwest Baptist comes to town on Saturday. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. at Bearcat Arena. SBU is off to its best start in school history with a 14-0 record.
NOTES: Sophomore Joel Osborn notched his first points of 2005-06 with a three-pointer in the second half - it was his third appearance this year after he was the third-string quarterback … Senior Xzavier Gaines did not dress due to a left shoulder injury he injured last Saturday - he is listed as questionable for Southwest Baptist … The 15 points was the 55th time in Austin Meyer's career with 10-plus points … Northwest shot 52.1 percent overall, the highest since the season-opener against St. Mary (59.1 percent) … Northwest has gone all 13 games this year having fewer turnovers than the opponent with six fewer (10-16) … With the conference win, Northwest avoided its first 0-2 start since the 1996-97 season … Northwest has hit on 25 three-pointers in the last two games after going for a season-high 12 last Saturday.
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